Everyone knows about the fun water sports that are involved in boating. But for the families that are new to boating, it will take a little while to find your niche. Here are a few helpful facts about the water sports you’re interested in and how they may affect your choice in buying a particular boat as well.
If you want to introduce your kids to water sports at a young age, tubing is the way to go. Kids as young as 3 or 4 can ride in tubes, with the proper PFD of course. Tubing has advanced over the years with tubes ranging from 1 to 4 passenger towables. As well as ones that lift off of the water into the air or even spin in all directions. This water sport is fun for all ages and skill levels. If you’re able to hold on, you’re able to tube!
The next step to watersports after tubing would be to venture into kneeboarding. This requires a more developed skill set than tubing because the rider has to start in deep water and while holding to the handle maintain their balance and pull themselves above water. It’s great fun once you get into the rhythm of it and start learning tricks.
The hardest part of skiing is the hardest part of most watersports, and that’s the deep-water start. Asking many water sports enthusiasts, they pretty much say the same thing, “Let the boat do the work!” If you are eager to get up and stand up too soon it makes getting on the plane extremely hard. Once you’re up on plane then you can straighten your legs.
Wakeboarding has been credited with saving the water sports industry and reviving the tow boat market. People have said the greatest thing about wakeboarding is that the deep water start is one of the easiest in all of water sports. Wake boarding is said to take a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master, and the tricks are endless. With this water sport, practice makes perfect, so plan on spending a lot of time out on the water.
Wakesurfing is largely the same concept, except that the boat throws such a large wake that a tow rope isn’t necessary. Just like the name, the rider actually surfs the wake. If wakesurfing is something that you are leaning toward as far as water sports, there are boats specialized for wake surfing with built-in water-ballast tanks to create big hollows and big wakes for the rider to surf.